Martin Luther King Jr. and the Legacy of Selma Today

Written by Joe Street and Henry Knight Lozano, coeditors of The Shadow of Selma   The Trump presidency seems to have reignited popular protest in numerous ways—sometimes troubling, sometimes inspiring. We need only look to the women’s marches, the furor over the travel ban, the militant response to fascists openly marching in Charlottesville, and the … Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr. and the Legacy of Selma Today

The Historic Discovery of Martin Luther King Jr.’s First “I Have a Dream” Speech

Written by W. Jason Miller, author of Origins of the Dream: Hughes’s Poetry and King’s Rhetoric Holding History Rather than looking through the glass at the past, have you ever held history in your hands? After eight years of research, I found a long-lost reel-to-reel audio tape of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s first ever “I … Continue reading The Historic Discovery of Martin Luther King Jr.’s First “I Have a Dream” Speech

Books for Black History Month

As we commemorate Black History Month, and as we remember the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this year, we’ve prepared a reading list of our recent books on African American history and culture. These books highlight the 1965 Selma civil rights campaign, unconventional modes of black women’s activism, the … Continue reading Books for Black History Month

New Paperback Release: The Culture War in the Civil Rights Movement

“Boldly suggests that cultural organizing shaped the trajectory and spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.”—Journal of American Ethnic History   “Street brings together many different cultural strands in this work and argues cogently that they were an important part of a movement that affirmed African American self-belief at the same time as it demanded freedom … Continue reading New Paperback Release: The Culture War in the Civil Rights Movement

March 2016 Paperback Releases

. In Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down author Bill DeYoung tells the story of the worst ship-bridge collision in U.S. history. . . An intimately detailed account of this disaster, its victims and the survivors, the legal aftermath, as well as a complete history of the bridge, … Continue reading March 2016 Paperback Releases

Origins of the Dream

Though long suspected by some, the link between Langston Hughes’s poetry and Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches is conclusively revealed for the first time in Origins of the Dream: Hughes’s Poetry and King’s Rhetoric, by Langston Hughes expert W. Jason Miller. We are excited to announce the publication of this book today. Are you in … Continue reading Origins of the Dream